We keep talking about how to use a TRUBLUE Auto Belay outside of a climbing gym, and today we’re back with another option. On a recent episode of Brazilian reality show, A Fazenda (The Farm), participants had to complete an obstacle course – most of it several feet off the ground. It’s common to have participants in activities like this harnessed and strapped to prevent serious falls, but this is one of the first times we’ve seen a TRUBLUE serve as the protection mechanism.
From what I can tell (the show isn’t in English), it’s similar to Survivor or other reality shows, where contestants live together, making meals, making friends and in some cases, making enemies, with the final contestant winning a cash prize. They then have challenges – in this episode it was an challenge course – to complete. The course was made of tires and metal structures that contestants had to climb on, around and over. They were wearing full-body harnesses with a dorsal attachment for the TRUBLUE. This application is perfect because as contestants climb, the webbing retracts with them (no extra ropes to deal with) and as they climb down or jump down, they have a controlled descent. To make this work, the TRUBLUE is mounted to a cable running over the obstacle course. As the contestant moves through the course, the TRUBLUE is always above them.
Start watching at about the 42 minute mark to see the TRUBLUE in action. At 43:02, you can watch the first contestant jump from the top of one structure down to the next, gracefully carried by the TRUBLUE. Just after 48:15 you can see the real benefit of a TRUBLUE in this application – possibly preventing injury when slipping. The TRUBLUE portion of the show ends around the 58 minute mark. Enjoy the show!